Six weeks since my last post. I need to change my habits.
So, starting to lift. Enjoying it and adapting to the odd practice of a proper squat - my technique needs work, and it doesn't help that I'm Mr Inflexible. I started working on squats and deads, and felt good with my press. Meanwhile my back started getting stiffer and I dealt with it in the good old way of ignoring it. Sleep got less comfortable and more impractical, until it got to that point.
The osteopath is a lifter himself and identified that I had a wonky pelvis. He bashed me around a bit and told me to go back gradually, starting at 60%, moving up 10% per week. Impatient as I am, I also want to be able to progress and sleep, so I'm sticking to it. Bench press is not part of the problem so that's going in a bit harder.
The first session back was really good. the gym was dead quiet so i got lots of coaching and worked on my squat. I also found out my bench press position was crap. That's encouraging: if I'm doing well with a crap technique, I hope to go further.
Currently training at the gym Mon and Fri, doing some stuff at home - stretching, reps, work on the lats - during the week. I starting using a resistence band for training at home, liking it. And the old bullworker.
I've done my 60% week.
Squat (max 80) 45kg x lots
Deadlift (max 120) 75kg x numerous
Bench press 5x5x80kg and other stuff.
Tonight I'll step up to 70% cautiously (55 squat, 82.5 dead).
At some point I need to start training my abysmal grip which is already letting me down.
Squats - reps up to 55kg. Back felt OK, technique is getting better.
Rows - 2 x 10 x 70kg, 2 x 5 x 80kg, 1 x 10 x 70
Bench - Warm ups, 5 x 5 x 80. 2 x 5 x 90. I need to repeat my 100 to check I'm still OK there.
Deadlift - 60kg x lots, stepped up weight to 85.
No 80% until next Monday.
You can see my training log if you're really bored: [url]www.veganfitness.net/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=16086&start=360[/url]